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LIMS Scheduler

In the current laboratory setting, a LIMS is being asked to account for far more than just laboratory work. A prominent example is the need for an information management system to organize routine and non-routine events. To meet these ever expanding requirements, Khemia Software has developed a Scheduler feature that helps laboratories better prepare for field sampling, sample pickups and other laboratory tasks.

Within most commercial, environmental laboratories, sampling and sample pickup are vital portions of the business.  It is often a portion of a laboratory that is often not closely observed, neither in terms of business efficiency nor regulation.   As the breadth of regulatory oversight is starting to expand into field work, documentation of field work, actual and pre-scheduled, as well as the use of proper field techniques are becoming ever more important.

Khemia Software’s Scheduler included in the Omega 11 LIMS is a complete event calendar that displays scheduled events in a weekly or monthly format.  When a date on the calendar is double clicked, a screen displaying any special instructions pops up in which the following details may be listed:

  • Special instructions
  • Field sampling information
  • Resources required for sampling

As well, a route may be defined and mapped for the daily schedule and with a click of a button from this same screen.  The addresses are placed into Google Maps which will show the purposed routes to the various locations.  At any point needed, the start point or order of stops may be altered as needed.

A short video clip of the Omega Scheduler may be seen at https://youtu.be/0s0UydDH3f4.

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Ad Hoc Queries

In almost every laboratory, a group of standard queries are developed within the LIMS.  This prearranged group of queries covers 80-90% of the queries most laboratories and analysts will ever need.  It is that “other” 10-20% of unique queries that can and will be the sticking point.  It is often the lack of quick, customizable queries that can trip up productivity or limit quality control checks.

Khemia’s Omega 11 overcomes this common stumbling point by offering an ad hoc query writer.  Ad hoc queries may be created to pull any needed data within the LIMS.  This tool may be used by both a LIMS administrator familiar with SQL and/or by an analyst using a query writing tool available within Access.

A short demonstration video may be seen at https://youtu.be/XTAqnEFZlT8.

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Sample Receipt Checklist

When logging in samples, laboratories must verify the conditions under which the samples were received. The most efficient way to do this is a checklist within the LIMS. This not only helps automate the process, it also records the checklist automatically, adding to the necessary paper trail for audits.

Several common components for these checklists are:
Chain of Custody information (signed, properly filled out and dated, etc.),
Sample condition information (i.e. temperature of samples, broken containers, preservatives used, etc.),
Cooler information and
Comments/notes.

These checklists may be modified as needed by a laboratory. A set list of questions may be seen in the attached video: https://youtu.be/tZ8O-DApv3w

Written by Robert Benz (rbenz@khemia.com), Sales & Marketing Director for Khemia Software (www.khemia.com).

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LIMS Reporting

No business can run successfully without completing its final step. No LIMS can be considered a good LIMS unless it can generate the final report. Not any report, but specifically, the report the client has requested.

A final report is your laboratory’s final product. The results posted in it are the reason your laboratory exists. The supporting data in the report verifying that the data is reliable and reproducible data is not only legally important, but for those working within the laboratory, a matter of pride.

Khemia’s Omega 11 LIMS has a complete and easily configurable report developer that is straightforward and easy to navigate. With a few simple steps, what main sections are to be included in a report, what order they are to be presented in and what analytical data, field data and/or QC data are to be presented may be modified as needed, allowing a laboratory to quickly configure their reports to fit their clients’ specific needs. As well, whether or not an electronic data deliverable (EDD) is to be included in the final report package may be selected within this screen.

The short video clip below gives a brief overview of the report designer:
Reporting Demo

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AOCS-IAWEA-AWWA 2016 Iowa Analytical Chemistry-Industrial Pretreatment Meeting

Khemia Software will be displaying the Omega 11 LIMS at the AOCS-IAWEA-AWWA 2016 Iowa Analytical Chemistry-Industrial Pretreatment Meeting May 19th in Ankeny, IA on the DMACC Ankeny Campus.

Thursday May 19, 2016 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM CDT
FFA Enrichment Center, DMACC Ankeny Campus
1055 SW Prairie Trail Parkway
Ankeney, IA 50023

For additional information, please contact Robert Benz (rbenz@khemia.com) or Edward Askew
AOCS Analytical Committee – Iowa Section AWWA and IAWEA Laboratory , Pretreatment and Research Committee
563-554-9450 (efaskew@hotmail.com).

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